Arkansas allowing summer camps to open late this month

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will allow overnight summer camps to open at the end of this month, but with new safety measures due to the coronavirus, the state health department said Wednesday.

Department spokesperson Meg Mirivel said counselors at overnight camps can arrive no sooner than May 24 and campers no sooner than May 31. Officials planned to announce Thursday more details on the social distancing and safety restrictions the camps will have to follow.

Health officials said at least 5,003 people in the state have tested positive for coronavirus, an increase from the 4,923 the state reported Tuesday. The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus rose by five to 107.

The state this week announced new safety rules day camps would have to follow in order to reopen.

Arkansas was among a handful of states that did not issue a broad stay-at-home order, but had other restrictions that have been rolled back over the past two weeks. The state this week allowed casinos, theaters, arenas and other indoor venues to reopen.

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